Claire forces Justin to become the school's mascot Musky, the Fish; but just the thought of performing makes Justin vomit from nervousness.
So Raja takes over the job and the crowd goes wild for his gravity-defying moves.
Meanwhile, Claire suddenly becomes the head of the A-List crowd and Franny decides to focus her attention to Gary's wardrobe once Justin tells her it's time for him to get his own clothes.
Gary is ashamed to tell the family he's been fired from his job, so he tries to get everyone to cut costs.
When he learns that the revealing dress belongs to Claire, however, he forbids her to wear it out of the house.
Much to the family's surprise, Raja begins smoking due to midterms stress.
The high school featured in the show is actually H. Cambie Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada with the interiors of later first-season episodes shot inside a studio.
Beginning on February 10, 2008, Aliens in America moved to Sunday nights (along with the rest of the Monday night comedies) and aired at PM Eastern/PM Central.
Meanwhile, Gary tries to make up for losing his job by getting all the money possible out of his alpacas, and recruits Claire to care for them.
Finally, Franny tries to earn more money by selling most of the family's possessions.
As Christmas approaches, Raja mentions that the Tolchuck's trip to the local mega-store every Sunday seems to be their substitute for church.
When Raja's enthusiasm leads to a confrontation with a spectator, Justin realizes he must face his fears and make Franny proud.
Meanwhile, when a still-unemployed Gary realizes he is not needed at home, he accidentally stumbles into a relationship with surrogate family who loves having him around.
Raja explains to his class how close he and Justin are, prompting rumors about the two being a couple to spread throughout the school.